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The Purge Details


A family living in a gated community fight to defend their home against vicious attackers during the one night each year when all crime is legal in this high-concept thriller from writer/director James DeMonaco (James DeMonaco). In the not-too-distant future, rampant crime and prison overcrowding have inspired the U.S. government to implement a unique solution to restore the peace: Each year, for a 12-hour period, any and all crime becomes permissible as police put their jobs on hold, and hospitals close their doors. It's called the Purge, and remarkably, the annual event leads to drastically reduced crime and record-low unemployment levels throughout the rest of the year. But this year, as suburban parents James (Ethan Hawke) and Mary (Lena Headey) place their home on lockdown for the annual event, a desperate man finds his way into their neighborhood while fleeing a sadistic gang of masked killers. In a moment of compassion, James and Mary's adolescent son (Max Burkholder) unlocks the door, offering sanctuary to the frightened stranger. Unfortunately for the entire family, that act of kindness may also be their very last, because now the killers who were pursuing the man have surrounded the house, and have vowed to kill everyone inside unless they are willingly given the man they are hunting within an hour. As the clock begins to tick, the family face a difficult dilemma -- do they sacrifice the life of a stranger in hopes of saving themselves, or attempt to stand their ground until the Purge expires? ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

  • Release date:June 7, 2013


Ethan Hawke
as James Sandin
Lena Headey
as Mary Sandin
Max Burkholder
as Charlie Sandin
Edwin Hodge
as Bloody Stranger
Rhys Wakefield
as Polite Leader
Arija Bareikis
as Mrs. Grace Ferrin
Tom Yi
as Mr. Cali
Chris Mulkey
as Mr. Halverson
Alicia Vela-Bailey
as Female Freak


James DeMonaco
Andrew Form
Sebastian Lemercier
Michael Bay
Brad Fuller
Jason Blum
James DeMonaco
Jacques Jouffret
Nathan Whitehead
Composer (Music Score)
Karuna Karmarkar
Set Decorator
Kevin O'Connell
Sound/Sound Designer
Lisa Fields
Lucille Ouyang
Second Assistant Director
Kaylene Carlson
Unit Production Manager
Kelley Whitis
Production Coordinator
Anna Behlmer
Re-Recording Mixer
Kurt Bryant
Stunts Coordinator
Buck Robinson
Production Sound Mixer
Craig Mann
Re-Recording Mixer
Edward Tise
Production Sound Mixer
Sean Faden
Visual Effects Supervisor